Victim of Moreno Valley hit and run ID’d – Search for suspect(s) continuing

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities are searching for two vehicles, including one that was directly involved in a hit and run traffic accident that left a pedestrian dead in Moreno Valley late Saturday evening, Feb. 13.

The other vehicle officials are continuing to search for was seen with the primary vehicle when the accident occurred and was seen fleeing the area with the first vehicle after the fatal collision, which happened on Perris Boulevard, just south of Fir Avenue, according to officials.

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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene just minutes before midnight after receiving reports of a hit and run traffic collision involving a pedestrian, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant R. Grmusha has since reported.

When officials began arriving at the scene they located a male pedestrian down in the roadway. He had suffered critical injuries and passed away at the scene.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Jose Garcia, 37, of Moreno Valley as the pedestrian who was killed by the hit and run driver. A coroner’s release indicated he was declared deceased at 12:05 a.m.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation officials developed leads and gathered information that revealed “the pedestrian was crossing Perris Boulevard, south of the intersection, when he was struck by an older, white, two-door Pontiac Grand Am traveling northbound on Perris Boulevard at a high rate of speed,” said Grmusha.

“The Pontiac slowed and pulled to the side of the roadway with a purple Scion XB following the collision, after which both the Pontiac and Scion fled the area eastbound on Fir Avenue,” explained Grmusha; who added, “The vehicle involved in the collision with the pedestrian … fled the area without rendering aid or summoning assistance.”

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Officials are continuing to search for both vehicles and have said it was not yet known if drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in the collision.

The investigation is active and ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Dustin Deanne of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6887 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. You can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tips Online Form or wetip.com. Callers can refer to incident file number MV210440334 and can remain anonymous.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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